Smoking: As Safe As Sitting At Work

Dave Killion — January 22, 2014

A CBS New York article tries to make the case that smoking does no more harm to your health than does sitting at work for hours. Of course, they present the matter somewhat differently –

“A number of studies have shown that prolonged sitting is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and even early death.

“Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor, and sitting can be equivalent in many cases,” said Dr. David Coven, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. “The fact of being sedentary causes factors to happen in the body that are very detrimental.”

I see the mainstream media employ this trope all the time: sitting is as bad as smoking! Oreos are as addictive as heroin! Yelling at your kids is as hurtful as hitting them! But if it’s true that X is as bad as Y, then it follows that Y is no worse than X.

So might you just as well hit your kids as yell at them? Or shoot some smack instead of crunching a cookie?

Only if you’re buying what the media is selling.

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